Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Book Report!

I did a bunch of reading on our trip to Turks so I am excited for this post today! I read 4 books while we were gone (I finished one when we got back....).  Pretty sure there will not be another monthly book report where I read that many books again... unless it is after a beach trip or a long flight!

So, I really wish I had more positive things to say about these books.  In writing this post, I realize how much these books did NOT knock my socks off.  Don't get me wrong- I enjoyed reading each of them...but they won't be going under my "favorites" category any time soon.  

The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews

This book was cute and takes place in NC-- which I have found I love reading books that take place in my great state! No clue why-- just makes me happy! The main character is met on the ferry dock and is served divorce papers-- even though she and her husband were planning on divorcing, they were planning on telling their daughter that weekend-- then, when the soon to be ex-husband doesn't show up,  there are a bunch of mysteries about what happened to him.  I enjoy this author and have read many of her books-- I am finding that her more recent books are kinda long winded... like the whole story took place over 450 pages and it seriously could have been told in 200 pages.  But, I liked the characters- especially Aunt Roo ;)

 Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

HUGE fan of this author and I have read everything she's written! While this book wasn't one of my favorites of hers, I still really enjoyed it.  An event occurs that changes everyone's lives in the book and as the story is being retold, we learn what the event was and how it impacted each character in the book.  This was the first one I read-- I am a nerd and preordered it so it would be delivered to my kindle automatically.  I made myself wait to read it until on the airplane- haha.  I have heard mixed reviews on this one, but it was my favorite of the 4 I am writing about today and I would still recommend it. 

Lies and Other Acts of Love by Kristy Woodson Harvey

This book also takes place in NC as well-- and I had no idea that it did.  I started reading it and it was in Atlantic Beach--! Holla! I wanted to like this book a lot- primarily because of its location (hahaha), but I found myself super annoyed the entire time I was reading it.  I kept sighing and shaking my head.  BUT, I did like the characters, quite a bit, actually.  I told a friend I was reading this book and she goes "isn't it really annoying...but also good?" and that is the perfect way to describe it! The main character is engaged when she realizes that maybe she doesn't love him- next thing you know, she is in love with a singer in a bar and they are married immediately and trying to make their new life work.  Throw in several other story lines and there you have yourself a good book!

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

This book was recommended to me for being an easy beach read-- and that it was.  It was easy to read and very predictable (in my opinion...).  A girl's family owned vineyard is up for sale and she is realizing she has a lot of love for the land. Quick and easy read! Sometimes predictable isn't all bad- I enjoy a book that doesn't make you think too much...and also one that is about wine.  I love me some wine!

Okay so I need some suggestions! What should I read next? I think The Nightingale is next on my list.  Unless y'all have another one I should read......